Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Worldwide Jazz News

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Worldwide Jazz News

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Best Journal Article Awards 2015

The IAJRC Journal Best Article Awards for 2015 have now been announced by Committee Chairman, Tristan Argenti. Congratulations to the winners:

First prize: Johnny Green's Body and Soul by Albert Haim - $200

Second prize: The Strayhorn Effect by Michael Zirpolo - $150

Third Prize : Manhattan 's Brill Building by Michael Zirpolo - $100

Basically Baker Volume 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker

Friends of recently deceased trombonist/composer/educator David Baker, with the support of his widow, are putting together a recording titled Basically Baker Volume 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker featuring the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. All proceeds generated by sales of the recording will go directly to the David N. Baker Scholarship Fund to provide a financial means for prospective students to attend the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Program. The CD will be released by Patois Records. More info at: projects/basically-baker-2#

New Documentary from Bret Primack: Passing the Torch featuring Jimmy Heath

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, has started production on a new film, "Passing the Torch." The documentary, which is being crowdfunded, is a celebration of the sharing of creativity and knowledge from one generation to another featuring the tenor saxophonist and composer, Jimmy Heath, who turns ninety this October, and the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington band, composed of high school instrumentalists.

This past January, Mr. Heath and the TJI's premiere big band opened the Tucson Jazz Festival and something magical happened between the master musician and these young students. Doug Tidaback, an educator who runs the TJI along with bassist Scott Black and saxophonist Brice Winston, felt that the vibe between Jimmy Heath and his students was so strong that he invited the Jazz legend back to record with the Ellington band, which has won a number of Essentially Ellington competitions at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

When filmmaker Bret Primack, a fifteen-year resident of Tucson, learned of the recording, he decided to document the proceedings. "I was at the January concert and what happened between Jimmy and those kids came as no surprise. I've known Jimmy since 1978 and in addition to being a superb tenor saxophonist and composer, he has a gentle, humorous, non-threatening approach to teaching that always produces memorable results."

The recording session took place in May, and appeared on Facebook.

"I didn't plan it, but this will be my second film featuring a ninety year old musician," Primack reports. My first documentary feature Taking Charge, featured famed big band lead trumpeter, Pauly Cohen. I figure, if these guys are still doing it at ninety, there's hope for me yet." More info at: /helpfundpassingthetorch

Miles Box Features Unreleased Tracks by Second Great Quintet

Nearly 25 years after his death, the recorded artistry of Miles Davis continues to grow. Columbia/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 on October 21.

The three- CD box set collection chronicles Davis' musical evolution during his Second Great Quintet period (1966'68), in which he worked primarily with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Tony Williams and bassist Ron Carter.

The latest edition in Columbia/Legacy's acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series, these albums provide a glimpse into the trumpeter's creative process, drawing on full session reels and rehearsal footage, partial and alternate takes, extensive studio conversation and more.

The box set will be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Davis' landmark album Miles Smiles, which was the second album to be recorded by this iteration of his working quintet. …

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